Simpson on top for Manx Championship

The Sadler Agricultural Supplies IOM English Skeet Championship was held at Meary Veg, Santon, in dry but windy conditions, making the targets difficult for all 22 competitors taking part.

English Skeet, Manx Championship

The joint leaders after the first round were Jeff Corkill and Mark Barnett on 24 with James Simpson, Arthur Hayes and John Moore next on 23. James Simpson was in the lead on his own after round two with 47 points in second place on 46 was Stan Cross with Dave Corlett, Arthur Hayes and John Moore in equal third place on 45. The leading lady at this point was Nicky Barnett on 41 with Joe Faragher the leading junior on 44.

James Simpson was still in the lead after round three with 71 points  with Stan Cross and Dave Corlett in equal second place on 68 followed by John Moore and Jeff Corkill on 67. We had a tie in the ladies between Nicky Barnett and Madeleine Simpson on 61, Joe Faragher was still the leading junior on 64. The highlight of the round was by Will Rand who hit a straight which as it turned out the only one recorded on the day.

The scores on the doors after the fourth and final round: in C Class Steven Rand was second on 75 with Nicky Barnett taking first prize on 77. Peter Kelly was second in B Class on 85  with Joe Faragher (J) in first place on 88. In A Class Arthur Hayes was second on 88 with Paul Mihailovits in first place on 90. In the Junior section sponsored by Field and Range Zac Bellhouse was third on 61 with Arran Wade taking second place on 78 and to finish the day off well Joe Faragher won the junior section on 88. In the ladies section sponsored by Top Spec Fencing, Nicky Barnett was third on 77 with Madeleine Simpson second on 79 but taking the ladies top prize with 82 was Rachael Bowen Matthews.

This only leaves the top three and in third place on 91 was Dave Corlett with Stan Cross taking second place on 92, but taking the championship with as core of 93 was James Simpson – well done James!

English Skeet Manx Champions: P Mihailovits, A Hayes, D Corlett, J Faragher, P Kelly, A Wade, N Barnett, S Rand, M Simpson, J Simpson, R Bowen Matthews, S Cross


A Class

  1. P Mihailovits (21, 21, 24, 24 = 90)
  2. A Hayes (23, 22, 20, 23 = 88)

B Class

  • J Faragher (J) (21, 23, 20, 24 = 88)
  • P Kelly (22, 22, 19, 22 = 85)

C Class

  1. N Barnett (L) (21, 20, 20, 16 = 77)
  2. S Rand (19, 17, 20, 19 = 75)

High Gun

  1. J Simpson (23, 24, 24, 22 = 93)
  2. S Cross (22, 24, 22, 24 = 92)
  3. D Corlett (22, 23, 23, 23 = 91)


  1. R Bowen Matthews (L) (82)
  2. M Simpson (L) (79)
  3. N Barnett (L) (77)


  1. J Faragher (J) (88)
  2. A Wade (J) (78)
  3. Z Bellhouse (J) (61)

Next week is the first round of the Tower Insurance DTL League entries close at 10am, then in the afternoon the first rounds of the Sadler Agricultural Supplies ABT league and the Manx Petroleum’s Olympic Skeet league with entries close at 1pm. Don’t forget your Hospice entry as the entry sheet is filling up fast.